World Bank pledges to strengthen Madagascar’s post-cyclone recovery plan, pandemic response, and energy and transport sectors – Madagascar
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2022 — Today, the government of Madagascar and the World Bank signed two recently approved projects for Madagascar totaling $534.9 million. The signing event was preceded by a meeting with World Bank Group President David Malpass and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva during which development issues were discussed, including a better access to energy and support for government posts. – Post-cyclone recovery plan to which the World Bank will contribute 415 million dollars.
the Project Connect Madagascar for Inclusive Growth and the Pandemic Preparedness and Basic Health Services Delivery Project are key to unlocking opportunities for the people of Madagascar and building their resilience to future shocks. The signing ceremony was presided over by the President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina and the World Bank’s Vice President for Eastern and Southern Africa, Hafez Ghanem.
“The signing of these two projects not only confirms the dynamism of cooperation between Madagascar and the World Bank, but above all shows the Bank’s commitment and involvement in supporting our country’s development,” said Andry Rajoelina, President of Madagascar.
The Connecting Madagascar for Inclusive Growth project ($400 million) aims to improve the connectivity, resilience and management of key roads in selected rural areas of Madagascar, including in the south. The project will finance the rehabilitation and asphalting of a 100 km section of road on the RN31 between Mangoaka and Bealalana and 400 km of road on the RN10. The project will also support the maintenance of approximately 500 km of local roads near RN10 and RN31 to reach adjacent rural communities. The rehabilitation of RN10 and associated local roads will provide reliable, year-round access to the southern part of the country most affected by food insecurity, while the rehabilitation of RN31 and associated local roads will unblock a key agricultural region in the North West. This is the third project prepared in the last two years to support the holistic development of the transport sector in Madagascar. With the addition of this new project, the World Bank’s roads and transport portfolio in Madagascar now stands at $740 million.
The Pandemic Preparedness and Basic Health Services Delivery Project ($134.9 million), supported by the International Development Association (IDA*) and the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF**) will support Madagascar in its efforts to strengthen its pandemic preparedness in all sectors and improve the provision of basic health services and the quality of care. To achieve its objectives, the project will facilitate the adoption of the One Health approach which engages other key sectors and institutions (education, decentralization, public service) to help implement health financing and resource reforms. human.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on Madagascar’s economy and population. The World Bank has worked alongside the government and people of Madagascar to support recovery efforts during this period, and is committed to supporting the country to strengthen its health system in the face of future pandemics,” said Hafez Ghanem, Vice President of the World Bank for East and South Africa. “The World Bank is also strongly committed to improving the transport sector and connectivity, as it is key to unlocking Madagascar’s economic and social development.”
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